Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rebuilding stages

Dear Family,

So this week I made sure that I sent pictures and hope you got them all.
I have a new companion, his name is Elder Anderson and he is from Idaho. It sure was crazy transfer and a half, just pray for me and for the Lord to help in all things.

The past week was really slow, not much going on. We are in the rebuilding stages of this area and we really need to build up the teaching pool here. So that is going to be our big focus these next couple of weeks – finding individuals and families to teach.

I was really glad to hear that Father’s Day went well, and I realized last week I forgot to tell you dad Happy Father’s day, So here it is although HAPPY LATE FATHERS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Kayla, keep working hard, don’t give up and make sure you don't hurt yourself, haha. Stay awesome.

Well, I love all of you so much, and I hope you have a great week.  Make sure you tell Elder Tyelar Eggers ‘Hi’ for me.  Enjoy the pics!!!

Elder Wawro

Abigail's Baptism - Bishop, isn't she awesome?

Refreshing shake after baptism

Elder Wawro on the go

Oxford, Alabama

Alabama flash flooding

Saturday, June 16, 2012

See God's children make covenants

Dear Family,

Man it is good to see my fellow brothers in action …literally all over the world.  What a great Missionaries they are.

Awesome news, Abigail was baptized in a beautiful Baptismal service - the spirit was so strong.  We had fun preparing for it. That’s what we work so hard for, to see God's children make covenants with Him and to see their lives change as they truly repent to gain full access to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

We had a really good experience after the baptism, a true tender mercy of the Lord.  Our plans to visit few sisters in the Ward with a return Missionary as our chaperon had to be canceled last minute, so Elder Murton and I suddenly found ourselves with couple of hours with nothing to do.  We’ve tried to go out and see anyone we could but things just were not working out.    At one point as we were driving I felt an impression to go see a potential investigator that Elder Bluth and I found few weeks back.  So I did. He did not answer the door but we ran into a nice little boy.  He lived nearby and was a great sport to get his parents for us.  When the parents came outside we used a new door approach that our Mission is now using and they let us in.  We left a Priesthood blessing on their home, testified about the Book of Mormon and the truthfulness of the Church.  Their hearts were softened and we will be teaching them tonight.   I know that Heavenly Father is in this work and so is His Son Jesus Christ. I am grateful for that experience and I thought I would share that with you.

Sorry for not telling you last week about the whole trip to Hope, and Oxford.  As you know, I am not too good at this whole email thing.  The trip went good and I do in fact have some pictures for y'all but will have to send them next week because computer we use do not have SD card readers and I don’t have with me cable for my camera.

I love you all so much, thanks for all you support and letter and goodies and gift cards (which we have used to celebrate after the baptism).  Have a great week!!!!

Elder Wawro

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Reflections on Lehi's vision

Dear Family,

My new companion is Elder Murton from South Jordan, Utah.  He was companion with Elder Bluth at the MTC and has been out for about three and a half months. 

Great news about our most promising investigator, she will be getting baptized this Saturday and the Bishop will be performing the baptismal ordinance.  We are so excited!  She is so prepared and has great faith for someone who is 12 years old. She is also a great example to her family.

This Sunday (June 03) during the Elders Quorum lesson about adversity, I received interesting personal insight.  My mind was reminded of the Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life and the mist of darkness which represents Satan’s temptations and the adversity that we face while going through those temptations and it occurred to me that the mist of darkness was only covering or affecting those on the straight and narrow path holding unto the rod of iron (word of God) pressing forward to the tree of life, but interestingly enough it was not covering those in the great and spacious building.

I never thought of it this way but clearly Satan sees those of us holding fast to the word of God as a threat and enemies so he tempts us more and tries to make our lives even harder. And he focuses on us because he badly wants us to fail. So we go through adversity not because God doesn't love us but we faithful saints are the targets of Satan. The 1 Nephi tell us that it is the word of God (specifically the Book of Mormon in these latter days) that will help us to overcome the fiery darts of Satan and that we don’t have anything to worry about as long as we feast upon the words of Christ and apply His teachings in our lives. Hopefully that made sense, but I thought I would share that since I never thought of the tree of life story that way and because it brought me so much peace and comfort.

Y'all have a great week and enjoy life. Oh, yea before I forget again, I did get the suit two weeks ago and it fits great – Thanks!!!!! ….and I always enjoy your letters mom.

Elder Wawro